Category Archives for "Dinner"

My Dollar Store and Leftover Dinner

This is one of my favorite supercheap and superfast meals – has everyone already thought of this?  I take whatever Chinese leftovers I can scrounge up – mine or someone elses’s as long as they’re vegetarian – and I add up to a 10 ounce pack of Dollar store broccoli to them, and – voila! (what’s the Chinese translation for that?)  Instant yummy and pretty  healthy dinner – yummy because you have all the flavors from a Chinese restaurant, but way healthier because the ubiquitous oils are spread throughout a whole dinner instant of concentrated in a small portion.

If you’ve ordered (and I hope you have – it would be a great choice!) steamed tofu and veggies with sauce on the side such as the one dish in the picture, featured on most Chinese menus in the vegetarian section, you can add just a little of the sauce for flavor but use Bragg’s liquid aminos, low sodium soy sauce, sriracha sauce, etc. for the main kick.

For extra bonus points, order brown rice on the side instead of white if your Chinese or Asian restaurant offers it as an option – otherwise you can make your own.

People usually aren’t as crazy about brown rice but I have a couple secrets in that department – But that’s a blog for another time!….

Two Bean Enchiladas

The name Enchilada comes from the spanish verb enchilar which mean “to add chili pepper to”. In this recipe we will be creating a savory filling wrapped in tortillas and topped off with a delicious chili sauce!

This recipe is adapted from The Garden Grazer.

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Two Bean Enchiladas
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Filling
Enchilada Sauce
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Filling
Enchilada Sauce
Instructions
Filling
  1. Dice onion and bell pepper and saute on medium heat for 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, dice tomatoes and drain and rinse beans
  3. Once onions are tender add smoked paprika, cumin, tomatoes, beans, and nutritional yeast. Stir and heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees and prepare enchilada sauce.
  5. Lightly oil a 9x13 baking dish and coat with a thin layer of enchilada sauce.
  6. Fill tortillas with filling and roll in, tucking in the sides. Place in dish and cover with enchilada sauce.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
Enchilada Sauce
  1. Heat oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat
  2. Add flour and spices and stir until lightly browned
  3. Stir in tomato sauce and broth until smooth. Continue cooking over medium until sauce slightly thickens.
Recipe Notes

These are great with sour cream or simple avocado!

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Fakin’ Bacon BLT Club Sandwich

This is a pretty obvious recipe but many people haven’t had the treat of a non-meat BLT yet – and that’s a shame! “Fake bacon” is available at most grocery stores now, and has come a long way in terms of flavor . Just make sure to read the list of ingredients – many companies put egg white in to make it crispier. Why make just a regular sandwich with these ingredients when the flavors are so good you can make it a double decker?

What’s tropical about this recipe,  you ask? Absolutely nothing except the fact that it’s a really simple – leaving  you lots of lounging time in the hammock!  Ahhhh.

Nice paired with an easy cold salad such as tossed dark greens, a healthy cole slaw, 3-bean salad, pickled beets, or tomatoes or cucumbers in vinaigrette.

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Fake Bacon BLT Club Sandwich
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan
Prep Time 2 min.
Cook Time 5 min.
Servings
sandwich
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan
Prep Time 2 min.
Cook Time 5 min.
Servings
sandwich
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Spread the mayo on the bread - wait - you've made a sandwich before, right? Usually not my favorite part of a loaf, the heels in this case hold all the inner fixins' in nicely.
Recipe Notes

This has almost all the flavor but none of the carcinogens and sadness of real bacon.  Back in 2015, processed meats (hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausage, deli meats, etc.) were classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization, so this is a much better option for your health - not to mention the pig's!

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